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California Department of Education
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Release: #18-38
May 2, 2018
Contact: Scott Roark
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Recipients of the
2018 Education for a Global Economy:
California’s Model Programs Award

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the recipients of awards to model, improve, and sustain Global Education programs that prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world.

“These programs will serve as examples of the wonderful work that California schools are doing to prepare the next generation to live and participate as global citizens,” Torlakson said.

Schools applied for the award based on a program or practice their school has implemented to address the four domains of global competence: investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, communicating ideas, and taking action.

Programs selected for the award include dual immersion programs, schoolwide project-based learning, interaction with students across the globe, and more. These activities, projects, strategies, and practices will be developed as models that other local education agencies can replicate and adapt.

The recipient schools are recognized below:

  • Multicultural Learning Center Independent Charter (Elementary and Middle School – Los Angeles Unified School District)
  • Vista Heights, a middle school (Moreno Valley Unified School District)
  • Truckee Elementary School (Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District)

The awards to the recipient schools were made possible by a grant to the California Department of Education from the Longview Foundation. The schools selected for this award demonstrate high-quality instruction and/or collaboration as well as equity and inclusion. These programs will lay the groundwork for all California schools to pursue integration of Global Education practices at every grade level and across all subject areas.

Torlakson has made it a top priority to expand and improve Global Education, including world language classes, to better prepare students to succeed in 21st century careers and college.

“Global Education, including learning world languages, introduces people to new cultures and new ways of looking at the world, giving them the kind of wide perspective that nourishes innovation and adaptability across all fields, helping to enrich communities economically, culturally, and socially,” Torlakson said.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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